Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) is well into its second decade of identifying high potential young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and circumstances and affording them the opportunity to realise that potential in educational centres of excellence during their senior school years.
This is achieved by a multi-tiered partnership – with generous donors, friends and supporters; committed partner schools who co-fund and nurture the student; the dedicated staff of SSP; the child’s parents in supporting their child’s endeavours; and the most important partner, the student who must embrace the opportunity and fully invest themselves in the complete offering of these centres of excellence, our partner schools as well as availing themselves of all the assistance and mentoring that SSP provides concurrently.
In addition to the quality education and enrichment provided by our partner schools, SSP supports its students by assigning a Student Programme Officer and finding a corporate mentor for each student as well as running a parallel programme which focuses on leadership development, study skills, life skills, career guidance and assistance with applications to tertiary institutions and bursaries for further study.
The alumni of our senior school programme are also important to us and we now have a Graduate Programme Officer so that we can stay in touch with these important members of the SSP community, bringing them together for social and service activities.
By means of the on-going support of our partners, we believe that we are indeed developing leaders for a better, stronger South Africa. It is a noble and exciting mission.
I hope that you will take the time to explore our website and be inspired by the stories of our students – those within the programme and our alumni.
If you are an existing partner, we thank you sincerely for your support. If you are not, we invite you to consider joining in partnership with SSP to make a difference, striving towards a bright and prosperous future for our young leaders and the future of the country.
Jenny Ketley - Executive Director